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Marianne T. Stecher

Graduate Program Coordinator; Professor
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Raitt 305Z
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by appointment


PhD, Scandinavian Languages & Literatures, UC Berkeley, 1990
MA, Scandinavian Languages & Literature, University of Washington, 1981
BA, History and Scandinavian Languages & Literature, UC Berkeley, 1978

Marianne Stecher is professor of Danish and Scandinavian Studies and works in literature as well as cultural studies and history. Marianne oversees the Danish program at UW and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Scandinavian Studies as well as in the  European Studies program.   She has published monographs and articles on the works of Isak Dinsen (Karen Blixen), Thorkild Hansen, and Hans Christian Andersen and served as volume editor for two reference works on major Danish writers. Her most recent book, The Creative Dialectic in Karen Blixen’s Essays – On Gender, Nazi Germany, and Colonial Desire (2014) attracted wide attention in the Scandinavian press. Her current research is in cultural memory studies and focuses on Nordic narratives about the Second World War with a collorative book project entitled Nordic War Stories in progress.  Professor Stecher serves activley on committees for  American Scandinavian Foundation, Danish Academic Network in America, The Gudrun Gytel Scholarship Fund, and Modern Language Association (Scandinavian Section). 


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Professional Affiliations: 
American Scandinavian Foundation, Danish Society of Language and Literature, Modern Language Association, Society for Advancement of Scandinavian Studies, Association for Advancement of Scandinavian Studies in Canada.

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